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Grad School / Program:

  • Contact:
  • 1 University Station A1000
    The School of Journalism
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 78712
    United States
    Phone: 512-471-1845

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus

  • Description:
  • Doctoral Program
    The doctoral degree in the School of Journalism is fundamentally a research degree, preparing students who will be productive researchers across their careers; this clearly implies that students must have a depth of knowledge about the content of the field and of the methods and methodologies to engage in research. The doctoral program prepares scholars to have a working knowledge of the scope of the field, a knowledge that encompasses a variety of approaches toward journalism and mass communication: An engaged scholar in the 21st century should be cognizant of qualitative, quantitative and critical perspectives, and of research at multiple levels of analysis. The graduate faculty in journalism believes that we owe our students, our field and our alumni the assurance that our graduate students have been rigorously educated and are able to profess and defend their positions at high levels of discourse and argument.

    Journalism Master of Arts Program Tracks
    Journalism shares much with the social sciences and humanities; both seek to analyze and report on the social world. Unlike those fields, however, journalism education trains students to enter a specific profession. We believe that a well-rounded and rigorous program of graduate study provides the best training for a professional communicator. In an era of rapid change, both in careers and the industry, we feel it is the best long-term investment for the student and helps improve, rather than simply perpetuate, current practices in the profession. Students can choose one of two tracks for the Master of Arts degree (M.A. degree) in journalism: the research and theory track or the professional track.

  • Admission Information:
  • Applications are considered for fall admission only; we do not admit new students for the spring or summer semesters.

    Go to the web site for the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) at and read the directions at the link for “How to Apply.”

    • Complete the ApplyTexas application Note that you will submit your statement of purpose electronically, as part of the application. Also, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of the individuals you have asked to write letters of recommendation for you.

    • Pay the fee ($50 for US applicants; $75 for international applicants)

    • Submit transcripts to GIAC

    • Submit official test scores—GRE, and TOEFL or IELTS (if required)

    Submit the following items to the School of Journalism. All items should be sent as email attachments to the graduate coordinator at [email protected].

    • Journalism application coversheet click here to download.

    • Resume Include your educational and work background, experience with student publications, part-time, and volunteer work.

    • Writing sample Doctoral applicants should submit a copy of thesis chapters. Writing samples are optional for master's applicants, but are encouraged.

    • Photojournalism students only Each portfolio should contain 20 to 24 images in the jpeg format. Do not send Tiff images. Please submit your photos on CD formatted to be read on a Macintosh computer. Prepare your images in jpeg format no larger than 6” x 9” and 100 dpi. Do not put images in multiple folders. We are interested in images that deal with people and that show your storytelling skills. Please do not send vacation-type images. The ideal portfolio would be a number of your best single images and a 6 to 8 image photo story. Be sure to supply caption material for all images.

  • Financial Aids:
  • School of Journalism Fellowships
    Currently enrolled and continuing Journalism Graduate students may apply for the following three departmental fellowships. Only one application and resume is required to apply for the fellowships below. The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 1.

    The School of Journalism Ada Frances Miller Fellowship
    Award amounts range from $500 to $1,000 for students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and in journalism.

    The Nettie Doscher More Fellowship in Journalism
    Award amounts range from $500 to $1,000 for students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and in journalism. Nominations are made by the department to the Texas Exes to award the fellowship.

    The School of Journalism Pic Wagner Fellowship
    Award amounts range from $500 to $1,000 for students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and in journalism.

    The Jesse H. Jones Endowed Centennial Fellowship
    Currently enrolled graduate students are chosen by the College of Communication for this annual fellowship of approximately $5,600 plus in-state tuition status and paid tuition and fees. For more information and application, refer to the Jones Fellowship page on the College of Communication site.

    Teaching Assistantships
    Our greatest form of financial assistance through School of Journalism is through Teaching Assistantships.

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